Pretty Jewelry from Cooley Concepts

I love featuring baby/independent brands and womanpreneurs on Clumps of Mascara. I’ve been showcasing women all over the world and their amazing talents and products for years. There is so much inspiration out there and I love when some of us recognize our talents and find ways to profit from them. It’s a beautiful thing, I tell ya!

Today I am featuring a jewelry line from an 18-year old prodigy who is prepping up to graduate from high school. I call her a prodigy because while Loren could be the high school senior that I was who spent more time hangin’ with gal pals and lounging on the sofa, she’s making jewelry. She’s totally awesome in my book. She so gratiously sent me 2 of her pieces to show off. First up, the Bright Yellow and Rhinestone Wrap “Friendship” Bracelet.

Details about the bracelet:
-Great for stacking/Layering different colors!
-Measures approximately 6.75-7.0 inches in length
-Custom orders are available for specific size or color that is not already listed in my shop
-Wooden bead and loop for easy fastening
-Will stretch after a few days of wear!

The bracelet retails for a reasonable $6.25 and it’s such a dainty little piece. It took me a few seconds to get it on and I was worried it wouldn’t fit my ginormous wrist. But it did! Loren paid a lot of attention to detail because I didn’t experience any snagging in the bracelet. I’m going to get another one of these just so I can layer them. I love the pop the yellow gives and I’m thinkin’ the purple bracelet will compliment it beautifully. Check out the bracelet here.

She also sent me a pair of her Brown River Shell Beaded Dangle Earrings.

Details about earrings:
-Rivershell beads with copper colored seed beads
-On hypoallergenic, nickel free, kidney shaped hooks for pierced ears
-Matching necklace sold separately

Sweet, right? I’m a dangly earring lover so these were right up my alley. They retail for $6.99 and are easy to put in the ears and remove. I’m a a gal that wears a lot of earrings made from coconuts and random natural-inspired ingredients so I loved these earrings. They are great for dressing up and dressing down and I love the touch of the bronze-y beads.

You can scoop up the earrings here.

Pretty pieces, uh? Cooley Concepts also has other beautiful little trinkets like beautiful glass bead bracelets, lace bow rings and a nice selection of Christian prayer beads. Follow her Facebook page and stay up with current and upcoming products. If you purchase anything, tell her that B from Clumps of Mascara sent you. :cool:

Crocheted Fashion with G.L. Accessories

So how’s the weather in your neck of the woods? Florida is…up and down as usual. A few days ago, the high was in the 40’s and today it’s almost in the 80’s. Nuts, I tell ya. A Central Floridian has to be prepared when the weather does its topsy turvy thang – hence why I’m lovin’ these gorgeous crochet chain rope scarves from G.L. Accessories.

Adorable, right?

Gwendolyn of G.L. Accessories (also a Central Floridian) has a beautiful Esty shop of her crotched pieces. Ranging from earrings, scarves, bangles, hair accessories and beanies, her design is one of uniqueness and perfection.

Okay, y’all know how I am about modeling, so work with me here, okay? ;)

Priced at $14 a piece, these scarves come in several colors including orange, yellow mustard, honey, black, brown, turquoise, crimson and few others.

Perfect for accessorizing your wardrobe when it gets chilly…

And when it warms up a bit, you can drape them like a large necklace.

Or double ‘em up.

I loves ‘em.


You can grab these at G.L. Accessories for $14 buuuuut if you use the code CLUMPS12 at checkout you can save 15% off of your order. Act quickly as the code will expire 1/31/12. Gwendolyn is also running a special this month. Buy 2 rope scarves ad get 1 free. So with the coupon and discount code, you’ll get 3 scarves for less than $23. Yeah mon!!

Yay for supporting the smaller businesses!

Sista Show Off: QuellyRue Designs

Welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series I like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses, organizations or just regular ladies like myself who are paving the way for women everywhere! Let me feature you! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

QuellyRue Designs is a collection of handmade crafts, art, and accessories that is full of bohemian flare, whimsical, yet refined and reminiscent of a love for Africa.

Having already made 2 orders from QuellyRue Designs, I simply can’t say enough above this sista and her amazing talent.

Sista Show-Off: Flowers From Fatima

Welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series I like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses, organizations or just regular ladies like myself who are paving the way for women everywhere! Let me feature you! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Allow me to introduce you to a 21 year old college student with a passion driven entrepreneurial spirit.

My name is Fatima Spencer. I am 21 years old and was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am the second youngest of 8 children. I currently attend Xavier University as a Spanish major, with a focus in Advertising. I will be graduating in the Spring of 2011. Outside of academics, I enjoy producing music, gardening, and creating floral accessories.

I hope to use my degree to fuel a more successful business for my career after college. I own a business known as Flowers From Fatima, which was founded in December of 2009. Flowers From Fatima is a special line of trendy floral accessories for women.

The line includes hair clips, headbands, and wrist corsages that are great for women of all ages and ideal for all occasions, from weddings to prom. They work well for everyday wear, too. No matter what the occasion, Flowers From Fatima has just the right piece to help you achieve that glamorous look.

Check out her shop and support her! Fatima, you’re amazing.

Want me to show you off? If you have a blog, website or e-store and would like to be featured, send me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Sista Showoff: Chocolate Brides


Welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series I like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses, organizations or just regular ladies like myself who are paving the way for women everywhere! Let me feature you! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Okay y’all….I ain’t gettin’ married anytime soon but am I sucker for loving to see other folx happy and in love?

Okay maybe, but I don’t care because love is a beautiful thing. I love weddings. One of the best things about the weddings are the wedding photos. Ohmigoooodness, don’t they just melt your heart? Even if you don’t know the folx in the photos, you can’t help but feel happy for the couple.

Twitter, once again, has introduced me to a fabulous website.

ChocolateBrides.com

ChocolateBrides.com is a community of brown brides and newlyweds. Whether you need dress advice or support on loosing weight for the big day, CB has you covered! Just scrolling the sight makes me all happy day-ish. They’ve got articles on how to ease wedding jitters, photos of wedding parties and a slew of wedding ideas.

This so makes me want to get married tomorrow.

Okay, I’m kidding. But if you are a bride or know a bride or think you’re about to be a bride (hehe), stop by ChocolateBrides.com.

…..and don’t forget to invite me to the wedding so I can catch the bouquet.

Hahaha, I’m kidding!

No really, I am. :)

Because love is a beautiful thang,

Sista Show-Off: More hot blogs, mags and artists


Welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series I like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses, organizations or just regular ladies like myself who are paving the way for women everywhere! Let me feature you! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com

  • What do you get when you combine a hubby that shoots and a wifey that bangs out make-up? None other than K&T Makeup Artistry. I love love LOVE family businesses but it especially warms my heart when it is a husband/wife operation. That’s just a beautiful thang. In the DC/M/V area and needin‘ to spruce up your portfolio? Check out the fab duo’s MySpace page for more information.
  • Sommer, the head lady behind the electronic publication of Gemini Mag is quite the inspiration. Sometimes I forget that the average size woman here in America is a size 14. Yes girl….it’s true. Gemini Mag focuses on the beauty and lifestyle by and for plus size women. I love it, I love it! Yours truly has contributed in the Beauty Department of the magazine. Rock on, Sommer! Just remember moi when you land on the newstands. Check out the most recent subscription here.

  • I envy her brows somethin‘ serious. She had me itchin‘ to try henna. This beautiful Indian lady has such a wonderful spirit that is captured beautifully in her blog. She is Saimese.
  • I call Miss. Yaya my Brooklyn angel for a reason. Never mind that we spend time shipping off goodies to each other…..she also has a bomb ass blog! I Will Be On My Own Judge talks about everything from celeb fashions to hair reviews, drugstore polishes and everything in between. And don’t you judge her..because she will be her own judge. Ha!
  • Sweet Life Magazine is everything and then some. Beauty, fashion and entertainment galore! Magazine Editor Michele has an inviting and beautiful layout that makes visiting the e-magzine feel like you have just left reality and entered a paradise. Yours truly has also contributed to this fabulous publication. So sweet!

I hope that you visit the following blogs, websites and magazines. I love love LOVE supporting any and everyone in any way that I can. These women are inspiring in so many ways. I can’t stress enough that NOW is the time to make your dreams come true. Got a passion? Turn it into a career. Got a cause? Make sure your voice is heard. Got money?

….shoooo, I don’t. But don’t let that stop you. Go ‘head and do things that make you happy, lady!

Sista Show-Off: Pieces & Blessings


Welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series I like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses, organizations or just regular ladies like myself who are paving the way for women everywhere! Let me feature you! Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

I have always been an enormous fan of jewelry. See….most women like diamonds and pearls (I’d like them more if I could afford them, ha!) but I don’t mind funky jewelery. You know the kind where people say,

“Ohhhh girl, your ring is so pretty! I’ve never see anything like that.
Where did you get it from?”

Yeah love the uniqueness that a great deal of my jewels have.

Pieces & Blessings has the following….

-Earrings
-Loc jewels
-Rings

Each piece of jewelery is hand made intricately and with love.

And I must say….working with Samantha has been absolutely wonderful. I received my shipping notification the SAME day I ordered and my package was in the mail within 2-3 days. And yall know I’m not a big fan of waiting for packages to arrive.

Samantha’s Story of how Pieces & Blessings came about:

“Well, I started when my lil girl decided that she wanted to get locs! I was so proud of her. I asked her why did she want them and she said that she wanted to be closer to her heritage. Very impressive for a (then)10 year old. Well, when she did begin to loc I wasn’t able to find many cute things to adorn her hair. I didn’t want her to begin to equate natural with not cute or plain. I wanted her to continue to feel like the same lil girl. That’s when I began to make small jewels and then I made her earrings to match. People began to make comments and request pieces … : ). I am self taught through my love for working with my hands, love for my daughter, fashion, and natural hair.”

Check out my purchases!

I LOVE this ring…I get so many compliments on it. It was only $7.

And my baby locs are supporting jewels too. $5

Right now Samantha is offering FREE SHIPPING!!! Stroll on over to her site and see what looks interesting to you. Rock on, Samantha! You womanprenuer, you!

Peaces & blessings,